Patrick Hayden is a professor of physics at Stanford University. Prior to joining Stanford, he was the Canada Research Chair in the Physics of Information at McGill University from 2004 to 2013 and a postdoctoral fellow at Caltech from 2001 to 2004. He obtained his D.Phil. in Physics as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University and a B.Sc. in Mathematics and Physics from McGill. His current fascination with quantum information processing was foreshadowed early; as a high school student, he worked summers writing networking software and graphics code for an operating systems company with the curiously prescient, if premature, name Quantum Software Systems. In 2007, he received a Sloan Research Fellowship.
Dr. Hayden's research focuses on finding efficient methods for performing the communication tasks that will be required for large-scale quantum information processing. This includes methods for reliably sending quantum states through noisy media, methods for reliably encrypting or otherwise protecting quantum information from unauthorized manipulation, and protocols to enable multiple parties to process quantum information with a minimum of communication.
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